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Mailbag: Reasons For Belief In A Turnaround?

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I keep hearing the team say they control their own destiny despite their struggles, and I guess that's true. Is there a player or a factor that gives you any optimism right now that they can turn it around? - MATTHEW K / DALLAS, TX

Lindsay: I believe in the heart and mindset and focus of Dak Prescott. Since day one, that day at training camp in 2016 when Kellen Moore hurt his ankle and he stepped in, Dak has had the right mindset for this game. And at this point of the season, the mental is everything. I'd bet on Dak any day.

Rob: Lindsay makes a great point: You don't see any panic from Prescott around here in terms of message or body language. When your leader has that approach, it should be a confidence builder for the rest of the guys. I still think they find a way to win the division, and then, who knows. The other thing is, they're relatively healthy for this final stretch. Sometimes that's everything. The Eagles reportedly lost Alshon Jeffrey for the season on Monday night.

I just saw where Mitch Hyatt was promoted to the team. Is there an issue with one of the tackles? Cam Fleming, I assume, is the swing tackle and Brandon Knight can play tackle as well, so why the call up? Was there a chance he could have been poached by another team? - JACK FANELLI / BLACKWOOD, NJ

Lindsay: There are reports there was a chance he could have been snatched up so the Cowboys wanted to keep him. He was an All-American tackle at Clemson so maybe they see a way he can potentially help this line in the future.

Rob: I don't believe the move has anything to do with Fleming or Knight. As Lindsay said, reports are teams might have been interested in signing Hyatt off the practice squad, as was the case a couple years ago when Blake Jarwin got promoted. But I think the Cowboys also like Hyatt's development. Needs time to develop strength at this level, but a solid prospect.

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